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Hunting

SQUIRRELS, Red, Gray, Black and Fox (Combined): Special season for eligible junior hunters, with or without required license, and mentored youth Oct. 5-19 (6 daily, 18 in possession limit after first day).

SQUIRRELS, Red, Gray, Black and Fox (Combined): Oct. 19-Nov. 29; Dec. 16-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 29 (6 daily, 18 possession).

RUFFED GROUSE: Oct. 19–Nov. 29 and Dec. 16-24 (2 daily, 6 possession).

Rabbits, Special season for eligible junior hunters, with or without required license: Oct. 5-Oct. 19 (4 daily, 12 possession).

Rabbits: Oct. 19-Nov. 29, Dec. 16-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 29 (4 daily, 12 possession).

PHEASANTS: Special season for eligible junior hunters, with or without required license: Oct. 12-19 (2 daily, 6 in possession). Male pheasants only in WMUs 4E and 5A. Male and female pheasants may be taken in all other WMUs. There is no open season for taking pheasants in Wild Pheasant Recovery Areas, except as authorized by executive order.

PHEASANTS: Oct. 26-Nov. 29, Dec. 16-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 29 (2 daily, 6 in possession). Male pheasants only in WMUs 4E and 5A. Male and female pheasants may be taken in all other WMUs. There is no open season for taking pheasants in Wild Pheasant Recovery Areas, except, as authorized by executive order.

BOBWHITE QUAIL: Oct. 19-Nov. 29, Dec. 16-24 and Dec. 26-Feb. 29 (8 daily, 24 possession).

HARES (SNOWSHOE RABBITS) OR VARYING HARES: Dec. 26-Jan. 1, in all WMUs (1 daily, 3 possession).

WOODCHUCKS (GROUNDHOGS): No closed season, except on Sundays and during the regular firearms deer seasons. No limit.

CROWS: July 5-April 12, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. No limit.

STARLINGS AND ENGLISH SPARROWS: No closed season, except during the antlered and antlerless deer season. No limit.

Map of Wildlife Management Units (WMUs)

Black Bear, Archery (WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D): Sept. 21-Nov. 29. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

Black Bear, Archery (WMU 5B): Oct. 5-Nov. 16. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

Black Bear, Archery (Statewide): Oct. 28-Nov. 9. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

Black Bear, Muzzleloader (Statewide): Oct. 19-26. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

Black Bear (Statewide): Nov. 23-27. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

Black Bear, Special Firearms (Statewide): Oct. 24-26, Junior and Senior License Holders, Disabled Person Permit (to use a vehicle) Holders, and Pennsylvania residents serving onactive duty in U.S. Armed Services or in the U.S. Coast Guard only. Also included are persons who have reached or will reach their 65th birthday in the year of the application for a licenseand hold a valid adult license or qualify for license and fee exemptions under section 2706. Only 1 bear may be taken during the license year.

 

Deer, Archery (Antlered and Antlerless) WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D: Sept. 21- Nov. 29 and Dec. 26-Jan. 25, 2020. One antlerless deer with each required antlerless license. One antlered deer per hunting license year.

Deer, Archery (Antlered and Antlerless) (Statewide): Oct. 5-Nov. 16 and Dec. 26-Jan. 20. One antlered deer per hunting license year. One antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

Deer, Antlerless Muzzleloader (Statewide): Oct. 19-26. An antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

Deer, Antlerless Special Firearms (Statewide): Oct. 24-26. Junior and Senior License Holders, Mentored Youth Permit Holders, Disabled Person Permit (to use a vehicle) Holders, and Pennsylvania residents serving on active duty in U.S. Armed Services or in the U.S. Coast Guard only, with required antlerless license. Also included are persons who have reached or will reach their 65th birthday in the year of the application for a license and hold a valid adult license or qualify for license and fee exemptions under section 2706. One antlerless deer with each required antlerless license.

Furbearer Hunting

COYOTES: No closed season. Unlimited. Outside of any big game season (deer, bear, elk and turkey), coyotes may be taken with a hunting license or a furtaker license, and without wearing orange. During any big game season, coyotes may be taken while lawfully hunting big game or with a furtaker license.

FOXES: Oct. 26-Feb. 22, unlimited.

OPOSSUM: No closed season, except Sundays. No limits.

PORCUPINES: Oct. 12-Feb. 1, 2020. (3 daily, season limit of 10).

RACCOONS: Oct. 26-Feb. 22, unlimited.

STRIPED SKUNKS: No closed season, except Sundays. No limits.

WEASELS: No closed season, except Sundays. No limits.

Falconry

SQUIRRELS (combined): Sept. 2-March 31, 2020 (6 daily, 18 possession).

BOBWHITE QUAIL: Sept. 2-March 31, 2020 (8 daily, 24 possession).

RUFFED GROUSE: Sept. 2-March 31, 2020 (2 daily, 6 possession).

COTTONTAIL RABBITS: Sept. 2-March 31, 2020 (4 daily, 12 possession).

SNOWSHOE OR VARYING HARES: Sept. 2-March 31, 2020 (1 daily, 3 possession).

RINGNECK PHEASANTS (Male or Female combined): Sept. 2-March 31, 2020 (2 daily, 6 possession).

Waterfowl and Migratory Game Bird seasons and bag limits

DUCKS, MERGANSERS & COOTS:
Lake Erie Zone: Oct. 28-Jan. 4.

Northwest Zone: Oct. 12-Dec. 14 and Dec. 27-Jan. 1.

North Zone: Oct. 12-26 and Nov. 19-Jan. 11.

South Zone: Oct. 19-26 and Nov. 19-Jan. 18.

Ducks & Sea Ducks (combined): 6 daily, 18 in possession. Daily limit may not include more than 2 mallards (including 1 hen mallard), 2 scaup, 2 black ducks, 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 4 eiders, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, 1 mottled duck, 1 fulvous whistling duck, 4 scoters, 4 long-tailed ducks.

Mergansers: 5 daily, 15 in possession. Daily limit may not include more than 2 hooded mergansers daily.

Coots: 15 daily, 45 in possession.

CANADA GEESE
Southern James Bay Population Zone: Sept. 2-25* (1 daily, 3 in possession), Oct. 12-Nov. 29 and Dec. 16-Jan. 25 (3 daily, 9 in possession). * In western Crawford County, the season runs Sept. 2-14.

Resident Population Zone: Sept. 2-25 (8 daily, 24 in possession), Oct. 26-Nov. 29, Dec. 16-Jan. 18, and Jan. 31-Feb. 22 (5 daily, 15 in possession).

LIGHT GEESE (Snow Geese & Ross’s Geese)
Southern James Bay Population Zone: Regular Season: Oct. 1-Jan. 25. Conservation Season: Jan. 27-April 24. (25 daily, no possession limit).

Resident Population Zone: Regular Season: Oct. 22-Feb. 22. Conservation Season: Feb. 24-April 24. (25 daily, no possession limit).

Atlantic Population Zone: Regular Season: Oct. 1-Jan. 25. Conservation Season: Jan. 27-April 24. (25 daily, no possession limit).

WEBLESS BIRDS & BRANT
Brant, All Goose Zones: Oct. 26-Nov. 29 (2 daily, 6 in possession).

Common Snipe, Statewide: Oct. 19-Nov. 29 and Dec. 16-24 (8 daily, 24 in possession).

Doves, Statewide: Sept. 2-Nov. 29 and Dec. 21-Jan. 4 (15 daily, 45 in possession).

Gallinules, Statewide: Sept. 2-Nov. 21 (3 daily, 9 in possession).

Virginia & Sora Rails (combined), Statewide: Sept. 2-Nov. 21 (3 daily, 9 in possession).

Woodcock, Statewide: Oct. 19-Nov. 29 and Dec. 16-24 (3 daily, 9 in possession).

YOUTH WATERFOWL DAYS
Licensed junior hunters ages 12-16 can hunt ducks, mergansers, Canada geese, coots and gallinules. Statewide: Sept. 14. Lake Erie Zone: Oct. 19. Northwest Zone: Dec. 21. North Zone: Jan. 18. South Zone: Jan. 25.

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